September 24th, 2008
04:43 PM ET
13 years ago

Obama 'inclined' to debate

[cnn-photo-caption image= http://i2.cdn.turner.com/cnn/2008/images/09/24/art.debate.gi.jpg caption="Obama wants to press on with the debate."](CNN) - Barack Obama is 'inclined" to go ahead with the debate Friday night, campaign sources tell CNN.

McCain said Wednesday the debate should be postponed if the economic bailout has not passed congress by that time.

Obama is expected to make a statement around 4:30 p.m. ET.


Filed under: Candidate Barack Obama • John McCain
soundoff (862 Responses)
  1. NO Thank you, Ohio

    The McCain campaign will suspend airing all ads and all campaign events pending an agreement with Obama, though Salter did not know whether John McCain will suspend fundraising activities.

    He added that McCain would take part in the debate as scheduled if Congress reached agreement on the measure by Friday morning.
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    So the McCain camp says it is ok to work on raising money but not to show up with the American People?

    Yea...that tells me what I need to know...

    September 24, 2008 04:27 pm at 4:27 pm |
  2. Fred

    I have a better idea. Let's have MCain suspend his campaign until November 2nd. Obama can keep going.

    McCain has lost anyway.

    September 24, 2008 04:27 pm at 4:27 pm |
  3. GARY

    ALL YOU OBAMA SUPPORTERS AND HATERS ARE A BUNCH OF MORONS.OBAMA ISN'T A LEADER. MCCAIN IS WORRYING ABOUT OUR COUNTRY WELL O.B. ONLY CARES ABOUT HIS CAMPAIGN. YOU TRASH MCCAIN AND CALL IT POLITICAL. IT SHOWS WHAT KIND OF PRESIDENT OBAMA WILL BE ZERO. OUR COUNTRY IS IN DEEP TROUBLE AND ALL HE CARES ABOUT ISGLAMOUR AND MONEY. OBAMA TALKS B.S. ABOUT THE ECONOMY. HE HAS A CHANCE TO HELP HIS COUNTRY AND TURNS AWAY AGAIN LIKE KATRINA EARLIER IN THE RACE. OBAMA IS A BIG JOKE AND HIS SUPPORTERS ARE NAIVE LITTLE PEOPLE.

    September 24, 2008 04:27 pm at 4:27 pm |
  4. RJ Show me state

    mc cain has just lost this election because he is putting his agenda before the american people. what a airhead

    September 24, 2008 04:27 pm at 4:27 pm |
  5. Ronda

    This is the exact time we need a debate! The crisis makes it more important that we learn about our choice for leadership, not less.

    Since the election can not be canceled, we simply can not cancel the information we need to make that choice.

    Maybe I'm cynical, but my first reaction was this was a political ploy and not done out of concern. Probably because debate was shut down during the decision of the Iraq war.

    We need to go forward and chose our next leader. We need this information.

    Keep the debate!!! We have leaders to take care of crisis. We as voters also need to make an informed decision!!!!!

    September 24, 2008 04:27 pm at 4:27 pm |
  6. JJ

    As it should be.

    The Leader We Believe In! 🙂

    September 24, 2008 04:27 pm at 4:27 pm |
  7. FL voter

    THANK YOU!

    Someone who truly cares about debating over the issues, and is READY for this debate.

    Unlike Mr. McCain, who is offering his excuse of our weak economy (which a couple of weeks he called strong) to cancel a debate for which he is obviously NOT ready for.

    WAKE UP AMERICA!

    Obama 08

    September 24, 2008 04:27 pm at 4:27 pm |
  8. Vincent

    Of course Obama still wants a debate....
    Unlike the dinosaur McCain, Obama can Multi-task.
    He understands Wall Street and how it works (he warned of this a year ago)
    McCain doesn't even know how much he spends a month because his wife has an unlimited supply.
    Unfortunately for McCain, a week long crash course of the Economy may not even be enough.
    SOME people have a hard time understanding economics, John McCain is one of them.

    God forbid something happens to McCain if elected and Palin has to step in with an unstable economics market.
    She probably still thinks our economy is based on seal skins or hockey pucks.

    September 24, 2008 04:27 pm at 4:27 pm |
  9. Charlie

    within a few days from the "strong fundamentals" of our economy to a great depression. mccain who said himself that he doesn't understand the economy and still need to be educated now wants to solve this crisis? are you kidding me? that's just anoter cheap deception maneuver! lets debate on friday! lets debate this crisis! lets debate the economy! you can work the whole day and still can discuss on the evening!

    September 24, 2008 04:27 pm at 4:27 pm |
  10. Frederick

    Obama don't fall for it! McCain is trying to pull a fast one. We the American people want to hear from both of you, McCain has no back bone or answers to the economic bailout except to bailout his buddies!

    September 24, 2008 04:27 pm at 4:27 pm |
  11. Bonak

    The debates must go on. America is ready for the debates friday night, CNN is ready, Jim Lehrer is ready, Obama is ready, the students and staff at the University of Mississippi are ready but the question is, is Macain ready?, maybe no.

    The president of the United states should be able to walk and chew gum, the president in his/her duties deal with multiple crisis at the same time. Macain should be able to work on the economic crisis and comply with his committments to debate Barack obama on friday night.

    I do not beleive that macain is prepared or ready to be president, he is not ready to lead but Barack Obama is ready to lead the greatest country on earth.

    September 24, 2008 04:27 pm at 4:27 pm |
  12. Latina for Obama (nj)

    YES WE CAN!!!

    September 24, 2008 04:27 pm at 4:27 pm |
  13. Hussein

    This does not care about anybody else but himself. Clearly evident by him wanting to keep debating why the country goes under. Maybe someone tell him that if he does not pay attention to the crisis maybe he wont have a country to go back to.

    September 24, 2008 04:27 pm at 4:27 pm |
  14. the big guy

    Its to close to election, debates need to go forward.They really won't make a difference their anyway.

    September 24, 2008 04:27 pm at 4:27 pm |
  15. Barbara

    Go O! Don't let McCain manipulate the process.

    September 24, 2008 04:27 pm at 4:27 pm |
  16. jon

    Let the economy tank to win some political points...

    This is exactly how he grabbed the nomination... Failure in Iraq means success for Obama!

    sad, but true.

    September 24, 2008 04:27 pm at 4:27 pm |
  17. denise

    Why is John McCain taking credit for something Barack Obama initiated.

    John McCain knows he is not doing well in the battleground states. He also needs more time to prepare for the debates.

    September 24, 2008 04:27 pm at 4:27 pm |
  18. Brij M SHARMA

    Bridge to nowhere . Road to nowhere. Sarah is nowhere near reporters...nowhere ... IN THIS TIME OF CRISIS....Photos with leaders...only....

    September 24, 2008 04:27 pm at 4:27 pm |
  19. Harold Smith

    Well played Obama! I'm glad I'm not running for President...I would have falled prey to McCain's trap. The debate takes 2 hours out of the day. All senators are not in the room hammering this thing out..it goes to a comittee first then it goes up for vote. None of these guys are on the comittee anyway. Plus this debate is on foreign policy...if McCain wants to take the lead..do it at the debates if the subject comes up. I'm proud of the democrats ...they are really counterpunching to these tactics. They are really smart this time around. Let's face it's the Republicans who got us into this mess...let them own up. Force them to work the extra mile...including McCain. They have to earn our trust again...Obama you have my vote and my trust...You "My Friend" are a fighter!

    September 24, 2008 04:27 pm at 4:27 pm |
  20. Nina

    The American people fully deserve to be brought into this process by seeing the two candidates take each other on in the debates. This is simple avoidance, period. I don’t care how they spin it. McCain will use this to claim that Obama is more concerned about politics than the country, but that is totally false. If Mr. McCain really cared about our democracy, he would stop trying to shut down public and press access to this race and let us all get involved. He is running a very anti-press/anti-public campaign. This is ludicrous and really low.

    September 24, 2008 04:27 pm at 4:27 pm |
  21. Democrats Rule

    What a dumb stun on McSame's part – just sad. I sure hope Senator Obama insists that the debates go forward. Despite his monumental ego McSame is not going to solve the nation's economic crisis at 9:00 p.m. on a Friday night

    September 24, 2008 04:27 pm at 4:27 pm |
  22. Alice Brinkley

    BO just wants to "nuance" in front of the TV cameras again. That's all he's got, folks: talk/talk/talk. Beware of this fraud.

    September 24, 2008 04:27 pm at 4:27 pm |
  23. kendra

    Go forward Obama!!! McCain is just unprepared!!!

    September 24, 2008 04:27 pm at 4:27 pm |
  24. Lifelong Republican for Obama, Columbia, TN

    You can bet your life that if Barach Obama did this, that everyone would be crying "political gimmick"! But, because McCain does it, somehow it is a sign of leadership. Are you freakin' kidding me with this mess. THE DEBATES MUST GO ON!!!

    September 24, 2008 04:28 pm at 4:28 pm |
  25. Lisi

    Of course McCain doesn't want to have the debate or continue to campaign. He's losing in the polls. If he hides out in Washington, he can pretend he's actually doing something to solve the problem. Not!

    September 24, 2008 04:28 pm at 4:28 pm |
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